Ritchie Torres

U.S. Representative for New York's 15th Congressional District

Ritchie John Torres

Representative Ritchie Torres is a fighter from the Bronx who has spent his entire life working for the community he calls home.Ritchie's mother single-handedly raised him, his twin brother, and his sister in a public-housing project. In 2013, at the age of twenty-five, Ritchie became New York City’s youngest elected official and the first openly L.G.B.T.Q person elected to office in the Bronx.

At the City Council, Ritchie stood out, and during his seven year tenure he tenaciously tackled problems big and small for the Bronx and New York City. He passed over forty pieces of legislation, including legislation protecting the City’s affordable housing stock and tackling the city’s opioid epidemic. As the Chairman overseeing NYCHA, he held the first committee hearing ever in public housing, which led to a $3 billion-dollar FEMA investment, the largest in NYC history. As Chair of the Oversight & Investigations Committee, Ritchie has led investigations into the heating outages and lead poisoning at NYCHA, the Taxi Medallion scandal, and the City's controversial Third-Party Transfer program.

Ritchie lives in the South Bronx and represents NY-15. He is a member of the Committee on Financial Services and the Vice Chair of the Committee on Homeland Security.


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Saturday, April 24

11:10 AM EST

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